Character Is Action (2020)
All The Sensations… (2020)

ACMI & Melbourne International Animation Festival present

Character Is Action

Unclassified (15+)
Film program


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28 Oct –2 Nov 2021

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A showcase of films that explore the notion of what an animated character can truly be stretched to become.

F. Scott Fitzgerald once wrote that “character is action”. What a character says is one thing but what really defines them is what they do, how they live and how they interact in their world. This – arguably – is as true for a fictional character as it is for anybody in the real-world. But in animation, the worlds that can exist are often so far beyond the norm that they offer licence for the characters that populate them to similarly breach our expectations of ‘real’ whilst remaining true to inner logic of their created universe.

Short films

All The Sensations In My Belly
Marko Djeska
Croatia/Portugal, 13 mins 18 secs, 2020

Julia Lantos
Hungary, 8 mins, 2020

The Balloon Catcher
Isaku Kaneko
Japan, 6 mins 10 secs, 2020

Anna, Cat-And-Mouse
Varya Yakovleva
Russia, 5 mins 26 secs, 2020

Pauline Epiard, Valentine Ventura, Tiphaine Burguburu, Clementine Vasseur, Lisa Laine, Elodie Laborde
France, 6 mins 45 secs, 2020

I, Barnabe
Jean-François Levesque
Canada, 15 mins, 2020

Isabel Emily Katherine Wiegand, Asil Atay, Arden Colley, Kellie Fay
Spain, 3 mins 39 secs, 2020

About Love
Jelena Girlin, Mari Liis Bassovskaja
Estonia, 10 mins, 2020

Format: DCP
Language: English
Runtime: 80

Event duration

80 mins


Unclassified (15+)


Cinema 2, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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